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EUROPEAN YOUTH CAPITAL 2014
The ‘European Youth Capital’ is a title awarded to a European city for the period of one year, during which it will be given the chance to showcase, through a multi-faceted program, its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development.
The first European Youth Capital was Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 2009.
For 2014, Thessaloniki hosts the relatively new but already successful institution of the European Youth Capital.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and has been characterized as the “Greek Youth Capital” for its large number of permanent young residents. More than 100.000 students give to the city a completely unique pulse and vibe.
The 2014 program includes a plethora of cultural events (such as concerts, an exhibition of local graphic novel artists, etc), sports events, such as a small marathon and a rugby match, debates, conferences and meetings of voluntary youth organizations across Europe in collaboration with the European Youth Forum.
Click here to visit the official website
I came here in the fall of 2004 as a study abroad student, but I've decided that I loved Greece too much and I couldn't leave, so I transferred and became a full time student here.
The question here is not what to do but what to do first.
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HALKIDIKI IS AN EASY JAUNT AWAY FROM THESSALONIKI AND ACT FOR A WEEKEND OR EVEN FOR A QUICK SWIM ON A DAY TRIP
HALKIDIKI is an easy jaunt away from Thessaloniki and ACT for a weekend or even a quick swim on a day trip. With more than 550 km (about 350 miles) of coastline, Halkidiki offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, including 46 that have been awarded the “Blue Flag”. But Halkidiki is more than sun (a near tropical climate with minimal rain), sea (turquoise waters, the closest thing to the Caribbean away from the Caribbean) and beaches, beaches, beaches. Halkidiki is home to numerous entertainment and cultural events, more than 20 archaeological sites, extraordinary monasteries dating back to the 10th century, and historical sites such as Stagira (where Aristotle was born in 384 BC) and the Kokkines Petres caves at Petralona where the 700,000-year-old “archanthropos” skull was discovered. Each of the three finger-like peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos have their own unique look, history and style. Along all, the sun-drenched golden sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and lush, pine-covered slopes will overwhelm you.
|For more information about Greece, please visit the official Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) site at www.visitgreece.gr|